Ministry of Justice

B.C.'s Prosecution Service

The Vision - Courageous, Fair and Efficient – a Prosecution Service that has the confidence of the public

As an integral part of the Ministry of Justice, the Criminal Justice Branch will deliver on its core responsibilities in a manner that safeguards prosecutorial independence, and supports an effective justice system through communication, collaborative effort and innovation. The Branch’s core responsibilities include: (1) approving and conducting criminal and regulatory prosecutions; (2) initiating and responding to appeals; (3) providing criminal law advice to government; (4) developing policies and procedures on the administration of criminal justice; (5) liaising with the media and the public on prosecution matters; and (6) any other function or responsibility assigned to the Branch by the Attorney General.

Prosecution files are managed as one part of the overall criminal justice system:

Diagram of the criminal justice process

Independence of Crown Counsel

As mandated under the Crown Counsel Act, Crown counsel make their prosecutorial decisions independent of any outside influence.

Media Statements

February 24, 2015

Charges Approved in Vancouver Island IIO Investigations
Victoria - The Criminal Justice Branch, Ministry of Justice, announced that charges have been approved in connection with two separate incidents on Vancouver Island that were investigated by the Independent Investigation Office (IIO).

February 4, 2015

No Charges Approved in IIO Investigations Into Motorcycle Accident
Victoria - The Criminal Justice Branch, Ministry of Justice (CJB) announced that no charges have been approved against a member of the RCMP involved in an incident on May 31, 2014 in which the operator of a motorcycle suffered leg injuries when he lost control of his vehicle and crashed.

January 14, 2015

No Charges Approved in IIO Investigations Involving Police Service Dogs
Victoria - The Criminal Justice Branch, Ministry of Justice (CJB) announced that no charges have been approved against police officers involved in incidents that occurred on October 7, 2013 in Vancouver and on January 31, 2014 in Courtenay, both of which involved the use of a police service dog (PSD) in the arrest of suspects.

January 6, 2015

CJB Implements Vulnerable Victim and Witness Policy
Victoria - Effective December 29, 2014, the Criminal Justice Branch, Ministry of Justice (CJB), implemented a new policy on best practices for supporting adult vulnerable victims and witnesses in criminal prosecutions.

December 23, 2014

No Charges Approved in Abbotsford IIO Investigation
Victoria - The Criminal Justice Branch, Ministry of Justice (CJB) announced today that no charge has been approved for the use of force by a member of the Abbotsford Police Department in arresting an adult male on January 28, 2014.